Restoring The Pillars of Society

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Restoring The Pillars of Society

Post by The Dude on Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:53 am

This is a brief introduction to the work of Jane Jacobs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

She proposes that we're entering a new "Dark Age", though the decay of the "Pillars" of Western Society:
  • community and family
  • higher education
  • science and technology
  • taxes and government responsive to citizen's needs
  • self-policing by the learned professions

The main identified problems are:

Community and Family
People are increasingly choosing consumerism over family welfare, that is: consumption over fertility; debt over family budget discipline; fiscal advantage to oneself at the expense of community welfare.

Higher Education
Universities are more interested in credentials than providing high quality education.

Bad Science
Elevation of economics as the main "science" to consider in making major political decisions.

Bad Government
Governments are more interested in deep-pocket interest groups than the welfare of the population.

Bad Culture
A culture that prevents people from understanding/realising the deterioration of fundamental physical resources which the entire community depends on.

I feel that Jane Jacobs provides a great place to start understanding the problems we're facing, and the solutions that may be possible.
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Re: Restoring The Pillars of Society

Post by Malevolance on Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:26 am

Hmmm. This would make a great official Op announcement. I have seen Videos vaguely touching on the need of this. But have not heard any official Op put out on this.
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